Jason McLean

Jason McLean was born in London, ON in 1971. After attending H.B. Beal Secondary School, McLean graduated from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver in 1997.

Since 1994, Jason McLean has exhibited nationally and internationally including shows at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa in Venice, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Loyal Gallery in Malmo Sweden, and at Richard Heller Gallery in Santa Monica.

In 2012 he had a solo exhibition “If you can read my mind” at McIntosh Gallery, Western University (catalogue) and was included in Museum London’s “L.O. Today” group show featuring 6 other artists & collaborators.

A Canadian art darling, McLean was chosen by Maclean’s Magazine as one of the top 10 artists to watch in Canada in 2004. In 2013, McLean was the only Canadian artist selected by Canadian Art Magazine to collaborate with smart Canada to paint on a smart car that travelled across Canada. McLean has also collaborated on t-shirt designs with designer Jeremy Laing, was commissioned to paint a mural inside of the Drake Hotel on Queen Street, Toronto and co-runs the Canadian Pez Museum with his 2 sons Felix & Henry in the basement of their home.

Jason McLean has work in major collections throughout North America including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, National Gallery of Canada, Vancouver Art Gallery, BMO Collection, TD Bank and the Royal Bank of Canada.

Jason McLean’s drawings, paintings and sculptures are idiosyncratic visual records of his experiences, observations and perceptions. His frenetic artworks include rich annotations and carefully-researched fragments of personal and social histories. McLean’s drawings act as rhizomatic diaries that pictorially represent his relationship with local environments. His works are often described as mental maps, where samplings of his daily observations are mashed-up into antiheroic, yet poignant combinations. Working in this way, McLean uses humour to touch upon challenging subject matter, such as sadness, loss, displacement, mental illness and economic hardship.

Selected Works


Transfer Station

November 9 - November 25 - 2023

Susan Day & Jason McLean “Transfer Station”

Two-person exhibition featuring new ceramic sculptures by Susan Day and drawings by Jason McLean.

Art Toronto

October 26 - October 29 - 2023

Art Toronto 2023

Art Toronto 2023 from October 26-29 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre


Curriculum Vitae


London Ontario 1971


BMO Bank Collection
Burnaby Art Gallery, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Claridge Investments
Faskin Martineau
Fondazione Marino Golinelli, Bologna, Italia
Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant, Brantford, Ontario
Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery, Sarnia, ON
McIntosh Gallery, London Ontario, Canada
MOMA New York (in collaboration with Brian Bellot)
Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery (through Geoffrey Farmer Archive), Vancouver BC
Museum London, London Ontario, Canada
Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA), Toronto, Ontario Canada
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
RBC Bank Collection
Richard Ivey School of Business
Soho House Group
TD Bank Group
Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver British Columbia, Canada


1994-1998 Fine Arts Diploma, Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver
1997-1998 Langara College, Vancouver
1989-91 HB Beal Art, London, Ontario


Maple Syrup Group Show, The Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba – Sudbury Art Gallery – Glenhyrst Art Gallery (on tour 2022-2023)

From Beyond the Stars, Museum London, London ON

1BDR Gallery Show, Kansas City, MO
The Beachcombers Show, Gibsons, BC

Taking the Long View: The Museum London Art Collection, from its Beginning to Today, London, ON
Poetics of Space, VAG Touring show, Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna, BC

Your New York, Gitler &, Harlem, NY
LES Street Art, Van Der Plas Gallery, New York, NY
“Long Ago and Close Up: Curating Museum London’s Permanent Art Display,”  Museum London, London, ON
Lost & Found, Forest City Gallery Members Show and Sale, London, ON
All Art +, Call of Walls, Van Der Plas Gallery, New York City, NY
Poetics of Space, VAG Touring show, Nanaimo Art Gallery, BC
Summer Roster Show, Back Gallery Project, Vancouver, BC
Today’s Paper, Angell Gallery, Toronto, ON
UNSEEN TREASURES: Selections from Glenhyrst’s Permanent Collection, Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant, Brantford, ON
Look: An Opera in 9 Paintings, Museum London, London, ON
Crafters’ & Artists’ Exhibit, Brooklyn Public Library, Carroll Garden’s Branch, NY
NYC Trash, Past, Present and Future, City Reliquary Museum, NYC, NY
Poetics of Space, VAG Touring show, Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops, BC

Et Tu, Art Brute? Andrew Edin Ballery, NY, NY
Mercer Multiplier, Mercer Union Fundraiser, Toronto, ON
From the Vaults: Recent Acquisitions, Museum London, London, ON
Three + 3, Michael Gibson Gallery, London, ON
GIFC 2,3,4, Greece, Denmark, NY, NY, LA, CA and HI
Big Apple III, The Boyer Foundation, NY, NY
The Bold and the New, Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery, Sarnia, ON
Canadian and Indigenous Art: 1968 to Present, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON
On Paper, Michael Gibson Gallery, London, ON
Painting or Not, A Selection of works from the Hoff Collection, Kaviar Factory, Norway
Highlights from 150 Years of Art-Making in London, Museum London, London, ON
Even My Mum Can Make a Book [zes 6 SIX], Corridor Project Space, Amsterdam
GOT IT FOR CHEAP VOL 2, 3, 4: Tokyo, Japan, & London, UK

2016 The Oasis, gitler&, Harlem, NY
Beggars Banquet, Salomon Arts Gallery New York City, NY. Curated by: Noah Becker
and Alfredo Martinez
The Desire to Acquire, London Collects, Museum London, London, ON
Nieves and Innen Zine Library, Swiss In Situ, NYC, NY
Portraits, self and others (it’s complicated), McIntosh Gallery, London, ON
Paul Butler`s Collage Party, Division Gallery, Toronto, ON
Fake: Surrealestate Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, Curated by Katie Peyton
GOT IT FOR CHEAP VOL 2, 3, 4: David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen at Steinsland Berliner Gallery, Stockholm,
and Agnes B’s Gallerie du Jour, Paris
Romeo Inaugural Exhibition, Romeo Gallery, New York, NY
New Acquisitions, Burnaby Art Gallery, Burnaby, BC
Something, Curated by Noah Becker, Berry Campbell Gallery, New York City, NY

2015 The Silent Oh, The Silent Barn, Brooklyn, NY
Serious Play in conjunction with the Summer Parking Lot Party, Wil Abelle Art
Projects, Vancouver, BC
Selected Works, Wilding Cran Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Out of Line, Oakville Galleries, Oakville, ON
DUCKS!, Minotaur Projects, Los Angeles, CA
Image Soreis, Comix Otherwise, AGO First Thursday, AGO
Poetics of Space, Vancouver Art Gallery
Signs & Symbols, Jessica Bradley Gallery
Dreamland: Textiles and the Canadian Landscape, The Textile Museum of
Canada, Toronto, ON, Touring 2012-2015

2014 Wish List, Forest City Gallery Member Show, London, ON
Please Enter, Franklin Parrasch Gallery, curated by Beth Rudin DeWoody (catalogue)
Death by Art, Death by Audion, Brooklyn, NY
Even My Mum Can Make a Book #5, Kunsterhaus Stuttgart
The Desert Island pop-up, Sculpture Center Bookstore, Long Island City
Ducks, Greenpoint Terminal, Brooklyn
The Secret of Living, Jessica Bradley Gallery, Toronto
Even My Mum Can Make a Book #4, Apartment Project Berlin
Unreal from the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Permanent Collection, Touring
Contemporary Drawings from the National Gallery of Canada, Touring

2013 No Boys With Frogs, DNA Artspace, London
Group Glen, Weird Things, Toronto, ON
Usin, Zurich Small Press Fair, Karussell Zurich
Boon Zine Fair, Brighton, UK
Summer Reading, The Hole Gallery, New York
L.O. Today, Museum London, London, ON
The Painting Project, Galerie L’Uqam, Montreal
Builders, Canadian Biennial 2012, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON
Inaugural Group Exhibition, Jessica Bradley Annex, Toronto, ON
Shake the Dust Off, Allegra La Viola Gallery, New York

2012 Dreamland: Textiles and the Canadian Landscape, The Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto
Eris: Resistance to Change (artist book show), Eyelevel Gallery, Halifax
Cut and Paste, Equinox Gallery, Vancouver

2011 Not Bad For London, Michael Gibson Gallery, London, ON
O-Pee-Chee Dirt Pile: Jason McLean and Joe Grillo, Allegra LaViola Gallery, New York
Unreal, The Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
Delinear, Barbara Edwards Gallery, Toronto
You Don’t Need Teeth to Play Tennis, LES Gallery, Vancouver
On View Daily, The Museum of Longing and Failure, Bergen
Journey to Whatever, New Brunswick College of Craft and Design, Fredricton

2010 Loyal Gallery, Malmo,Sweden
Pulp Fiction, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax
Tiny Vices, Museo dela Cuidad de Mexico
Fax, (Organized Through Drawing Center in NYC), Burnaby Art Gallery, Burnaby
Nieves Book Art Show, Gallery No.12, Tokyo
Motto Storefront, Artspeak, Vancouver
Broken Leg Glen and Basement Ruth, Every Letter in the Alphabet Gallery,
Vancouver (with Mark Delong)

2009 Summer Salon, La Voila Bank Gallery, New York City
ARENA: Road Game, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto
ARENA: The Art Of Hockey, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton
ARENA: The Art Of Hockey, Just For Laughs Museum, Montreal (with Tim Lee)
Pulp Fiction, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto
White Hot, Gallery TPW, Toronto
Nuit Blanche: Art Moves, Other Gallery, Toronto
A Good Summer To Stay Inside, Lower East Side Gallery, Vancouver

2008 Pulp Fiction, Museum London, London (Ontario)
Nieves Library, Centre Cultural Suisse, Paris.
Nieves Books, Ooga Booga, Los Angeles
Arena The Art of Hockey, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax.
Amber One Foot Below, Paul Petro Special Projects Space, Toronto
Year One, La Viola Bank Gallery, New York City
Nuit Blanche, 401 Richmond, Toronto
Constant Search for a Better Way, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby
The World Needs A Narrative, Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin
Meme Boat, Lucky’s Gallery, Vancouver
Carousel CRSL23+, Index G, Toronto

2007 Paper Machete, Community Outreach Gallery, London (Ontario), white flag projects, St. Louis. Touring exhibition.
Biennale de Montreal/Montreal Comics Craze, Sadie Bronfman Centre, Montreal
Goin Postal, Art Metropole, Toronto
Yard Sale Staring Therapy, space 1026, Philadelphia
Just My Imagination Touring Show, Kelowna Art Museum, Kelowna
Just My Imagination, Southern Alberta Gallery, Lethbridge
I Love Tourism, Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation, Galleria di Piazza, San Marco, Venice
Painters Pants, Art Gallery of South Western Manitoba, Brandon.
The Kiosk Art Show, Artspace, New York. Touring to Miday Gallery, Minneapolis.

2006 William Cordova, Dearraindrop, Jason Mclean, Travis Millard, Richard Heller Gallery, Los Angeles
Another Other, Cooper Gallery, University of Dundee.
Bit by Bit, Blackwood Gallery, Toronto
Collage Party, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto
Nog a Dod, Giant Robot, New York.
Collage Party, Zieher-Smith Gallery, New York
Tiny Vices, Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York
25 Bold Moves, House of Campari, New York
Getting On Mother’s Nerves, Mother’s Tankstation, Dublin.
Collage Party, Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Calgary
A Thing Called Love, Neon Gallery, Brosarp, Sweden
Pizza Party, Cinders Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.
Altered Image, Equinox Gallery, Vancouver

2005 Collage Party, Anti-Social Gallery, Vancouver
Psyclops dreams: Artists Books Comics and Dreams, Access, Vancouver
Other Worlds, Jessica Bradley Arts + Projects, Toronto
Jason the 3rd, Richard Heller Gallery, Los Angeles
Curb Appeal, Confederation Centre, Charlottetown.
I Find You, Cinders Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Burning down the Igloo, ABEL Neue Kunft, Berlin

2004 Bunker : Omaha, Bunker Gallery, Omaha
Important Canadian Art, Zieher-Smith, New York
Just My Imagination Exhibition, Touring Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art,Toronto; Dalhousie Art Gallery, Halifax; Windsor Art Gallery ,Windsor; Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Calgary; Southern Art Gallery, Lethbridge, Sault Saint Marie Art
Button Show, 50/50 Gallery, Victoria
(Self) Publish or Perish, Open Space, Victoria
Drippytown, Whip Gallery, Vancouver
Just My Imagination/ Touring Drawing Show, Museum London.
Regal Beast, Magic Pony Gallery, Toronto
9th Annual Mail Art Show, Struts Gallery, Sackville
Scenic, collage party at Bergdorf Goodman Men’s Store, New York
New Museum, New York

2003 The Overview #3, The Overview, Vancouver
Jennie O’s Rolodex Artshow, Ace art, Winnipeg
Book Art Exhibition, 5050 Gallery, Victoria, B.C.
Drawing the World (for the record), Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
Records, Western Front Gallery, Vancouver
Drawing on Architecture, Atelier Gallery, Vancouver
Plank, Lucky’s, Vancouver
Word Under The Street, Vancouver Public Library, Vancouver
Four Drawings, Tracey Lawrence Gallery, Vancouver
Another Drawing Show, Tracey Lawrence Gallery, Vancouver
Centre Peace, Ting, Toronto.
Christmas Show, Luft Gallery, Toronto
Punchline, Weewerks, Toronto
Another Other, Other Gallery, Toronto.
Steak and Chops/-Collaborative Project, Luft gallery, Toronto.
Books, Luft Method Space, Toronto.
2D into 3D, Soil Gallery, Seattle
Out of the Archives, Aka Gallery, Saskatoon
The Private collection of Gerard Doody, Space 1026, Philadelphia.
Chamomile Testarosa, 1066 Project Space, Toronto
L.O., Forest City Gallery, London (Ontario)

2002 The Log Family, Or Gallery, Vancouver. (Public Art
Installation/Performance) with Scott Evans, Holly Ward and Shayne Ehman.
Big Hands, Little Feet, The Ministry of Casual Living Gallery, Victoria
Another Show of Books, The Overview, Vancouver
Airport Case, Vancouver International Airport, Vancouver
Another Drawing Show, Tracy Lawrence Gallery, Vancouver.
Is it Today Already?, Anti Social, Vancouver
Homesick, Anti Social, Vancouver
Summer Institute on Book Art, Concourse Gallery, Emily Carr College of Art and Design, Vancouver
Project Mobilivre, Touring book exhibition
Binocular Parallax, Consolidated Works, Seattle
Off the Page, Soil Gallery, Seattle

1997 Buddy Palace, Or Gallery, Vancouver


2023 Transfer Station, Susan Day & Jason McLean, Michael Gibson Gallery, London, ON
2021  Jason McLean & Ross Bell Upcoming, Stratford Art Gallery, Stratford
2020 Shoe Inn, Michael Gibson Gallery, London, ON
If you see me, say hello, Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, ON
2019 Something Up My Sleeve, Michael Gibson Gallery, London, ON
2018 Boomerang Smile, Michael Gibson Gallery, London, ON
Correspondence, Burnaby Art Gallery, with collaboration of the Burnaby Library, McGill Branch
2017 Say Hi to the Sun, Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant, Branford, ON
TBA, Spoonbill & SugarTown, Brooklyn, NY
Collaborative Drawings, Lazy Susan, New York, NY
2016 Parking Lot with Memory, Michael Gibson Gallery, London, ON
Wing Nite, Ed Varie Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2015 Son of a Salesman, Michael Gibson Gallery, London, ON
Lettuce Legs, Cinders Haus Club, Brooklyn, NY
Soda Gardner, Wilding Cran Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2012 Here, Now, Jessica Bradley Gallery, Toronto, ON
If you could read my mind, McIntosh Gallery, UWO, London, ON
2010 In the corner there is light, Jessica Bradley Art + Projects, Toronto, ON
Endlessely Traversed Landscapes (Olympic Billboard Project), Vancouver, BC
2009 Zona Maco, Maco Art Fair, Mexico City
Aunt Jeans Buns, La Viola Bank Gallery, New York City, NY
Goodnight Irene, with Adrian Norvid, Jessica Bradley Art + Projects, Toronto, ON
2008 Path of Wonder, Emergency Room, Vancouver, BC
2007 Uncle Porkchop, Perugi Art Contemporie, Padova, Italy
Occasional Art, St. Paul, MN, USA. with Isabelle Pauwells.
2×4, Tracey Lawrence Gallery, Vancouver (with Matthew Brown)
2006 Back in 5 Min, Tracey Lawrence Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2005 The Sky is falling – Next series, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2004 Dr. Libby’s Gold, Tracey Lawrence Gallery, Vancouver, BC
Papa Grimsby, Richard Heller Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2003 Big Tea Spoon, Luft Gallery, Toronto, ON
L.O., Forest City Gallery, London, ON (with Marc Bell)
2002 Pennies in a Stream, Ministry of Casual Living, Victoria, BC
Bathroom Drawings, Sugar Refinery, Vancouver, BC
Path of Wonder, Forest Arts, Edinburgh
2001 Broken Leg Glen, Architecture Centre/ Dynamo Gallery, Vancouver, BC
Path of Wonder, Blinding Light Cinema Gallery, Vancouver, BC
Bell/McLean Workout/ 2000-2001, Tracey Lawrence Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2000 Volvo Rollbars, Lucky’s, Vancouver, BC
Hodge Podge, Moon Base Gallery, Vancouver, BC (with Scott Evans)
1999 Sleepy le Beef, Anodyne Contemporary, Vancouver, BC
Pee on the Owl, Havana Gallery, Vancouver (with Shayne Ehman)
Ja Ja Lip and Sons, Helen Pitt Gallery, Vancouver, BC (with Marc Bell)
1998 Non-moving Pictures, Pacific Cinematheque, Vancouver, BC
1996 Eleemosynary, I.T.N. Theatre, New York, NY
1995 Ten to a Quarter After, La Luna Café, Vancouver, BC
1994 The Waffle, Gallery Sansair, Vancouver, BC (with Marc Bell)


2004 Vancouver Arts Awards


2018  Think Outside the Shelf, interview with Raquel Laneri, Out & About, New York Post, Saturday, May 19 2018
Interview, Creator’s Vancouver, April 2018

2017 Exhibit Bring Together McLean, Smyth – Brantford Expositer
Collaborative Drawings by Noah Becker and Jason McLean,
This Week’s Must See…,, Michael Anthony Farley
The Drake Hotel Permanent Collection, Drake Hotel Blog
The Bold and The New, Judith and Norman Alix Art Gallery, Akimbo
Events, Arts, Petrolia Topic
Family Fun Offered at the Judith and Norman Alix Art Gallery, Lampton Shield, Travis Poland
An Arctic Art Expedition: Norway’s Kaviar Factory Asks What it Means to be a Painter, Margaret Carrigan, Blouin Art Info,

2016 Article on collaboration with Mark Delong for The Duck Show,
On the Canvas: Smartcar installation brings artist back to hometown, London Free Press, Joe Belanger, November 2, 2016
Jason McLean, Border Crossings, Matthew Ryan Smith, 2016
Jason McLean, New Baroque, Aaron Skolnik, 2016
Father Figure, Enfants Terribles #12, 2016
Group exhibition with paintings, sculptures, and works on paper opens at Berry Campbell, Art Daily, 2016
A Panoply of Somethings – Noah Becker’s Something at Berry Campbell Gallery, Artefuse, 2016

2015 Jason McLean, Sluggett, Ryan. Issue Magazine. March 2015
Jason McLean, Jamie Faye Ryan, Magenta Magazine, Dec 2015
Alvarado, Anthony, D.I.Y Magic Second Edition, Souvenir Press, UK 2015
Alvarado, Anthony, D.I.Y Magic Second Edition, Floating World Comics, 2015
Meyer, Sean, Micheal Gibson Gallery Finds London’s Place in the Art world, Our London, Community news Nov, 2015
Belanger, Joe, Artist’s Maps Life’s internal journey, London Free Press, Nov. 2015
Len, Sto, The Last Interview With Jason McLean, Cinders Gallery Blog, June 2015
Dambrot, Shana Nys. Jason McLean at Wilding Cran WM | Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art. 3 Feb. 2015. Web.
Wood, Eve. Jason McLean Artillery Magazine 29 Jan. 2015. Web

2014 Goodden, Sky. “Working with the Material at Hand: A Roundtable on Regionalism”. Momus. October 16, 2014.
Smith, Matthew Ryan. “Due South: Artist Jason McLean Interview”. WM Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art. October 1, 2014.
Miller, Marcus. “Contemporary Drawings from the National Gallery of Canada.” Border Crossings, Volume 33, Number 2. June 2014.
“L.O. Today”. Museum London, Exhibition Catalogue. 2014.
Burnaby Libraries Host Art Exhibitions. February 3, 2014.

2013 “RE(Imagining) Regionalism”. McIntosh Gallery Curatorial Study Center. 2013.
“Artists collaborate on exhibit.” CTV London. CTV News. Bell Media., October 29, 2013.
Reaney, James. “My London: L.O. Today — an exhibition with works by Marc Bell, James Kirkpatrick, Amy Lockhart, Jason McLean, Jamie Q, Peter Thompson and Billy Bert Young.” London Free Press, October 28, 2013
Petkovic, Mila. “New generation of local artists hold group show at Museum London.” Metro London. October 3, 2013. 13.
“Must-Sees This Week: October 3 to 9, 2013.” Canadian Art.
Meyer, Sean. “New exhibition brings home the work of collaborative artists.” London Community News. October 2, 2013. 25.
Montanini, Chris. “You gotta check out L.O. Today!” The Londoner. September 30, 2013.
Belanger, Joe. “Strokes of Genius: A London Group of Seven helps launch Museum London’s Culture Days fest.” The London Free Press. September 25, 2013. C1.
Rhodes, Richard. “Jason McLean Revs Up Canada’s First Smart Car,” Canadian Art Magazine, April 23, 2013

2012 Goodden, Sky. “A Knock-out Marriage of Contemporary Art and Craft, the Textile Museum’s ‘Dreamland’.” Art Info. 24 May 2012.
Goodden, Sky. “Not Bad for London.” Magenta Magazine Online. Winter 2012. Vol. 3, #1.
Goodden, Sky and Benjamin Bruneau. “ARTINFO Canada’s Top Fall Shows.” ArtInfo. 21 September 2012.
Walde, Christine. “Not Bad For London.” Border Crossings. Vol 31 Issue 1. March 2012: pp. 101-102. March 2012.
“Canadian Art News in Five: Art Awards, Museum Floods, Gallery Moves, and Owner’s Remorse.” Artinfo. 12 June 2012.
Smith, Matthew Ryan. “Jason McLean Meets Raymond Pettibon and It Works.” Artinfo. February 11 2012

2011 Clarke, Bill. “Jason McLean: Diaries of Place.” Canadian Art. Summer 2011: pp 98-101.
Unknown. “Last Chance to Catch Joe Grillo and Jason McLean’s “O-Pee-Chee Dirt Pile” at Allegra Laviola Gallery.” Papermag, October 6 2011, online
Stipanovich, Alexandre. “The Fun Must Go On: Joe Grillo and Jason McLean at Laviola Gallery,” Opening Ceremony Online, September 12 2011
Unknown, “Jason McLean/Laviola Bank.” November 2011

2010 “Defaced Edifices,” Leah Sandals, The National Post, 3/31/2010.
“Jason McLean at Jessica Bradley Art + Projects,” Gary Michael Dault, The Globe and Mail,
“Critic’s Choice,” Peter Goddard, Toronto Star, 4/14/2010.
“My London: Secrets Out” by James Reaney, London Free Press

2009 “Reclaim, reuse, reinvent,” Leah Sandals, The National Post, 1/31/2009.
“Pulp Fiction,” David Balzer, Eye Weekly, 7/2/2009.
“Texting, Texing. One, Two, Three” by Sarah Milroy, The Globe and Mail, 2/5/2009.

2008 Vogue Hommes Magazine, Paris.
“Cafe Royal”, Cafe Royal, London
“Carousel artists spell it out in pictures”, Gary Michael Dault, Globe and Mail, 9/6/2010.

2007 “Painter’s Pants”, Border Crossings Magazine, Winnipeg, Canada. exhibition review.
L.A. Weekly, Los Angeles, CA. Nog a Dod review.
“Making Totems Of The Objects That Surround Us”, Clint Burnham, The Globe and Mail, 5/5/2007.
“Just My Imagination”, Kelowna Art Gallery Journal, Kelowna, Canada. Issue 23, May – Aug 2007.
“What a season it could be…”, The Walrus, Toronto, Canada. Curated by: Don Gillmor. Pg 28, Vol.
4, Issue 8.
“Modern Dad, Single Dad”, glomp #9, Helsinki. Book published by Boing Being, Pg 282-285.
“A History Of The Allstarschnauzer Band”, The Ganzfeld #5: Japanada, New York, Ginko Press in
association with Picture Box, Inc., pg 106 -111.
Nog A Dog, Picture Box Inc. & Conundrum Press, New York.
Occasional Art: Jason Mclean and Isabelle Pauwels, St. Paul, USA. Catalogue.
“Princess Omo”, Carousel Magazine, Guelph, Canada. Pg 73.
I Love Tourism, Fondazione Bevilacqua la Masa Foundation, Venice. Catalogue.
Nieves Books Catalogue, Nieves Books, Zurich. (With Mark Delong)

2006 Harvey, Doug. “Kid Stuff.” LA Weekly. 13 December 2006.
Anonymous. “Also Showing.” SF Weekly. December 2006.
Henderson, Lee. “Jason McLean.” Border Crossings. Vol. 25, Issue 3. August 2006: 115-117.
Mooney, Chris. “Peripheral Visions.” Modern Painters July & August 2006: 101.
Blohmdel, Anders. “Schlagerkonst med karlek i Brosarp.” kristianstadsbladet 14 March 2006 (Swedish-A Thing Called Love press).

2005 Goddard, Peter. “Back To The Old Drawing Board; Ancient Art Form Made New Again.” Toronto Star. 13 August 2005.
Milroy, Sarah. “Drawn Together: Visual Arts.” The Globe and Mail. 22 July 200.5
Mackie, John. “British Columbians to Watch in 2005: Jason McLean.” The Vancouver Sun 3 Jan. 2005.

2004 Driedger Doyle, “Jason McLean.” MacLeans Online. 12 January 2004.
Burnham, Clint, “Aperto Vancouver.” Flashart. November 2004.

2003 Laurence, Robin. “Dada’s Boy, Jason McLean.” Border Crossings. Volume 22, Issue 3. August 2003: 48-53.
Hugh, Shana. Bubbleworld. CBC Radio 3, online interview


TV and Radio

Roger Clark, Spectrum News, NY1, April, 2017
Monica Scaglione, London Native Artist Returns Home, 106.9 The X, November 10, 2016
Cailen Dye and Giles Whittaker, CHRW, Arts Talk London, August 14, 2014
Fanshawe Radio 106.9 The X, LO Today interview, September 2013
Zolf, Janice, CTV London, June 30, 2011
Richardson, Bill, Bunny Watson, CBC Radio, 2004
Doyle, Shannon, Vancouver Arts Awards, CBC TV special , 2004
Gallagher, Margaret, North by Northwest, CBC Radio, April 28, 2004
Gallagher, Margaret, North by Northwest, CBC Radio, Sept 15, 2004
Angelo Moore of Fishbone, MTV Interview, Lollapalooza, 1994

1997/1999 – Two Episodes of Nardwuar The Human Serviette, CITR, Vancouver
– with Robert Dayton
– with Greg Scratch


Special Projects

2018  Look: An Opera in 9 Paintings, Museum London, London, ON
Collector’s Night, Reliquary Museum, New York, NY

2017  Gray Area, Fire Relief Benefit with Levi Zaru, Hayes Peebles & Mankind & More, Shea Stadium, Brooklyn, NY
Gowanus Open Studios, Treasure Island Studios, Brooklyn, NY
Draker Devonshire Residency

2016 Collaborative piece with Sto Len shown in his solo show Tsunaminagashi, No Foundation, Toronto, May 2016

2015 Mural, Silent Barn, Bushwick Brooklyn
7″ unique album illustrations in a run of 100, A Place to Bury Strangers, New York, NY
On Advisory Council and Audio Guide participant for Now’s The Time – Jean Michel Basquiat, The Art Gallery of Ontario.

2014 Collectors Night 2014 The City Reliquary and Brooklyn Historic Society, Felix and Henry’s Canadian Pez Museum

2013 The Sun Falls on Toronto – Mural Project with the Drake Hotel, Toronto (long-term display)
Arts & Crafts x Jeremy Laing Collaborative Charity T-Shirt Collection (with Dan Mangan)

2012 Boop For Ray – Smart Car/ Canadian Art Magazine project, Vancouver/Toronto
Going Rural turns Urban: A Launch for All Citizens, This is Not a Reading Series, Gladstone Hotel, 2012


Watch Day & McLean Words Fest Talk

Susan Day & Jason McLean in conversation with Michael Gibson


Words Fest – Day & McLean

Join us on Nov 10 @ 7pm for a conversation with Susan Day & Jason McLean



Fjords Review

Jason McLean

Jason McLean

September 23, 2016

Fjords Review


Magenta Magazine

Son of a Salesman

December 2015

Jenna Faye Ryan


London Fuse

Jason McLean

November 2015

Sara Mai Chitty


London Free Press

Artist Maps Life's Internal Journey

November 10, 2015

Joe Belanger



Jason McLean “If You Could Read My Mind”

David Liss, Sarah Milroy, James Patten, Christine Walde

McIntosh Gallery, Western University & Blackdog Publishing


9 1/2 x 8 1/2 in., paperback, 96 pages


If You Could Read My Mind features drawings, paintings and illustrations of colorful sculptures, all of which form an idiosyncratic visual record of McLean’s experiences and perceptions.


Transfer Station: Jason McLean & Susan Day Talk

Michael Gibson Gallery and Words were very pleased to present a visit with London artists Jason McLean and Susan Day in conjunction with their November 2023 exhibition "Transfer Station".

Jason McLean in Conversation with Josh Lambier

Acclaimed mixed-media artist Jason McLean joined Words Artistic Director Josh Lambier at the 2023 TingFest to explore McLean's relationship to cartooning, comics, zines, and graphic illustration in Southwestern Ontario.